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Panda Puts Antivirus Into The Cloud

Gordon Kelly


Panda Puts Antivirus Into The Cloud

You'll notice a lot of security based stories doing the rounds currently as this week coincides with InfoSec 2009 but this could be the coolest announcement of the lot...

Here's the question: do you really need the overhead of antivirus software when not connected to the Internet? In theory, yes. In practice, not really no. Even more pertinently - as many smug Mac owners will preach - do you really want the overhead of antivirus software at all? Enter stage left Panda.

The progressive security company has launched 'Panda Cloud Antivirus', a programme which installs a thin client on your PC and does all the heavy lifting through the Cloud. Consequently Panda claims not only does Cloud Antivirus operate faster than locally installed products, but that carries virtually no footprint (17MB RAM usage in beta) and the central antivirus library is always up-to-date requiring no downloads.

Furthermore, a Cloud based antivirus solution is managed remotely making it a technophobe friendly fire and forget zone. Perhaps best of all: it is completely free!

Of course whether Panda Cloud Antivirus stays this way out of beta is another matter entirely, especially if it can deliver on such a lofty premise. One thing is for certain however: I'll certainly be giving it a go!


Panda Cloud Antivirus


April 30, 2009, 5:48 pm

When is this site actually going to start reviewing anti-virus/spyware software?


April 30, 2009, 5:50 pm

When we have the set-up required to do it in a meaningful way. It's being worked on, but the logistics are more complicated than you might imagine.


April 30, 2009, 5:55 pm

Well okay Hugo, I hope it's coming soon, you guys rarely review software. And you guys are always raving about how software is so important. I look forward to it. I know you guys will do a good job.


April 30, 2009, 6:24 pm

But doesn't it absolutely hammer your internet connection? Surely AV analysis requires that the scanning engine (in this case located on a server somewhere) can scan your files, so wouldn't you effectively need to upload every file to be scanned?

Steve Austin

April 30, 2009, 7:00 pm

@John Or scan everything being downloaded before it ever reaches you...

(Note, I have no idea how Panda works, haven't looked at it yet!)


April 30, 2009, 9:38 pm

@ John McLean /Steve Austin

..and is that specific connection compromisable by some dubious hacker giving them unimaginable access to your system(s)?

Good out of the box concept none-the-less.

Steve Austin

May 1, 2009, 12:04 am

@Chocoa - Oh god, aye, I agree - I was just making the point that there's more than one way it could potentially be achieved...


May 1, 2009, 1:17 am

Opening more ports and having more frequent access to the internet doesn't sound like the usual first step on combating internet problems.


May 1, 2009, 12:15 pm

@John McLean - No, it does not send the files back and forth... just the metadata (hash, behavioral traces, etc). It doesn't use any more bandwidth than a standard web mail application.


May 1, 2009, 12:16 pm

@Xiphias Cloud AV doesn't open a bunch of ports. Everything travels over HTTP (port 80).


May 2, 2009, 12:26 am

Lithium is correct, bandwidth use very limited, doesn&#180t open a single port on your machine side, only needs access to the internet on the tcp80 port and uses HTTP traffic but no private content is sent over, just hashes and traces (info that the actual engine on the cloud needs to process in order to give you the analysis response).

Jason Matthews

May 7, 2009, 4:30 am

would this be pants on dialup?

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